Released by Burton Albion in the summer, it’s fair to say Tamworth defender Ben Hart has found his start to life across Staffordshire tricky.
The 20-year-old joined the Lambs this summer and reckoned he had a point to prove to the Brewers’ management who opted against retaining him.
An injury in pre-season has seen his playing time limited for the early stages of the new Southern League campaign.
But after showing his versatile side – playing out of his natural position for the past two games – Hart has received a resounding endorsement from joint boss Gary Smith.
“I call him Rolls-Royce because he’s so versatile, he’s got an engine and a half, and he never stops and never gives up,” Smith said, after Hart played in midfield against Redditch United.
“Even today, when it’s only his second game in five or six weeks and he’s struggling with cramp, he doesn’t want to come off.
“He’s showing the capabilities we know he has and we’re able to move him from his natural position and play him and centre-half last week and today he’s played in midfield. He was exceptional and I’m pleased for him.
“It’s good for us because it gives us a headache again about what we do when everyone is fit. He’s ultra-professional and he’s had to adjust himself after being released by Burton Albion in the summer and he’s come in and he’s showing what a fantastic footballer he is.”
Tamworth’s seemingly never-ending injury conundrum is showing signs of easing.
Notable long-term absentees Mikey Taylor and Shaquille McDonald could be on their way back sooner rather than later.
“Mikey Taylor is not so far away,” Smith said.
“We sent him to the specialist last week and the diagnosis is a good one so we’re hoping he can return to training this week with a view to being involved on Saturday.
“It’s something we’ve spoken about a number of times in pre-season, and we’ve not fielded then same starting squad for 11 games now.
“It’s a difficult one but the depth in the squad is good and we’ve got players who are capable of doing a job in any position we ask them to. It’s not good but when you win games you’ve got to be happy.”